I have been a sufferer of stomach related issues most of my life. My stomach issues appear to have been inherited from my mothers side since she has the exact same condition. It has gotten progressively worse as I age and so I finally have had enough and want to get to the bottom of it. My symptoms seem to match IBS but I have not been formally diagnosed with IBS. I have an appointment today to start determining my condition so I can effectively treat it. Like most of you in this forum I frequently suffer mild to severe bouts of pain and discomfort normally after a hour or two of eating. I can go for several weeks or months without any serious problems if I eat correctly and exercise. Usually my symptoms flair when I am emotionally stressed, especially family related stress. When I am stressed or depressed my breathing becomes shallow and my stomach muscles are tense. I think talking to other sufferers and getting information on treatment will be a big help for me, and I hope to share any positive treatments with you during this quest to get better and become a human being who can enjoy life.